Lupe Poblano
Lupe Poblano
Project Director

About Lupe

Lupe Poblano is a project director at CompassPoint. He develops content, trains, and consults in the areas of individual and organizational leadership through the lens of a structural analysis of race, class, power, privilege, and rank. He is a co-lead on the Next Generation Leaders of Color: a transformative cohort leadership development program designed specifically for leaders of color, which builds leadership confidence, management competencies, and the ability to unleash organizational change. Additionally, he serves as core faculty on the Blue Shield of California Foundation Strong Field Project and on the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program.

Lupe also trains extensively in CompassPoint’s public workshop program. Some of the classes he teaches include Supervision: Helping People Succeed  (Parts 1 and 2), Coaching Skills for Managers and Leaders (Parts 1 and 2), Change, Transition, and the Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Using Strengths for Personal, Staff, and Team Development, and How to Develop Your Professional Development Plan.

Most recently, Lupe served as the director of evaluation, learning, and strategy at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. In his nine years with Habitat, Lupe served in many leadership roles, such as director of finance and administration, director of integration for the merger between two bay area Habitat affiliates, and interim director of programs. During his time with Habitat, the organization grew from a budget of $800,000 with five full-time employees, to almost $13 million with 40+ full-time employees. He also wrote the business plan for and spearheaded a social entrepreneurship venture with Habitat that grossed more than $1.8M in its first 20 months of existence.

The proud son of Mexican immigrants, Lupe was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in Berkeley. He received his BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a MS in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.


Bachelor of Arts: Sociology 
University of California, Berkeley

Master of Science: Organizational Development 
University of San Francisco School of Management

Certified Professional Coach
Leadership That Works Coaching for Transformation Certification


  • Social Action Partners: Consulting and training work with an organization that works with nonprofits in communities of need to assure accessible, high quality technical assistance that is culturally responsive and facilitates increased revenue into South Los Angeles communities.
  • Overall program design for CompassPoint's first ever NGLC cohort in Los Angeles
  • Co-Creation of content for the fourth cohort of The Strong Field Project
  • Member of CompassPoint’s Multicultural Organizational Development Team

Leadership Programs

"Lupe does a fantastic job of uncovering and sharing relevant concepts in an understandable context."


- Greater New Orleans Foundation Emerging Leaders Program Participant (2015)

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